Mittwoch, 8. März 2006

Annan Says Coalition May Be Violating Law

US-led coalition forces and Iraq's authorities may be violating international law by arbitrarily detaining thousands of people, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report published Tuesday.

Republicans Defy Bush Over Ports

Efforts by the White House to hold off legislation challenging a Dubai-owned company's acquisition of operations at six major US ports collapsed yesterday when House Republican leaders agreed to allow a vote next week that could kill the deal.

They Came for the Chicken Farmer

The New York Times editorial states, "It has been our nightmare since the Bush administration began stashing prisoners it did not want to account for in Guantanamo Bay: An ordinary man with a name something like a Taliban bigwig's is swept up in the dragnet and imprisoned without any hope of proving his innocence."

GOP Blocks Eavesdropping Probe

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted along party lines yesterday to reject a Democratic proposal to investigate the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program and instead approved establishing, with White House approval, a seven-member panel to oversee the effort.

The Most Powerful Weapon In The World

National Call-In Day to Save the Endangered Species Act!

On Thursday, March 9, please join the nationwide call-in day to support a strong Endangered Species Act! On Thursday, please call your Senators and urge them to (1) support a strong Endangered Species Act and (2) oppose any efforts to change the Act this year.

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee may take action on an Endangered Species Act bill as soon as this month. We need your help to make sure the Senate supports the Endangered Species Act and to ensure that no bill dismantling the Act passes the Senate!

For over 30 years, the Endangered Species Act has been a safety net for wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. It has been successful in preventing the extinction of the American bald eagle, gray wolf and Pacific salmon, as well as many other species.

However, the Endangered Species Act is under threat from special interests and the politicians they give money to. The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would significantly weaken protections for endangered species and habitat. It is now up to the U.S. Senate to save the Endangered Species Act!

It is critically important that Senators from across the country hear from their constituents that the American public supports the Endangered Species Act and the fish, plants and wildlife it protects in their states. Please join with Americans across the country by calling your Senators on Thursday, March 9. Please ask your friends, relatives and colleagues to join you in calling. It only takes about three minutes of your time, but the results could last a lifetime.

Center for Biological Diversity

At Conservative Forum on Bush, Everybody's a Critic

If the ancient political wisdom is correct that a charge unanswered is a charge agreed to, the Bush White House pleaded guilty yesterday at the Cato Institute to some extraordinary allegations. True, the small-government libertarians represented by Cato have always been the odd men out of the Bush coalition. But the standing-room-only forum yesterday, where just a single questioner offered even a tepid defense of the president, underscored some deep disillusionment among conservatives over Bush's big-spending answer to Medicare, Hurricane Katrina, his vast claims of executive power and his handling of postwar Iraq.

Bush Orders DHS to Create Center for Faith-Based Aid

President Bush ordered the Department of Homeland Security yesterday to create a center for faith-based and community initiatives within 45 days to eliminate regulatory, contracting and programmatic barriers to providing federal funds to religious groups to deliver social services, the White House announced last night.

CIA Fights Effort by Libby's Lawyers for Bush Briefings

The CIA signaled Tuesday it likely will fight the release of highly classified presidential intelligence briefings that Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide wants to use in his defense against perjury charges.

Abramoff Details Relationship With Bush, DeLay, Burns

In an in-depth interview disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff sheds new light on his close relationships with top conservatives, including some not typically associated with the Abramoff scandals, like Ken Mehlman and Newt Gingrich.

BND-Untersuchungsausschuss: Westerwelle kritisiert bei großer Koalition Haltung "wie im Absolutismus"


Der von der Opposition angestrebte Untersuchungsausschuss zur Rolle der Geheimdienste im so genannten Anti-Terror-Krieg stößt bei den Regierungsparteien weiter auf Kritik. SPD-Fraktionsvize Fritz Rudolf Körper sagte am Mittwoch im Deutschlandradio Kultur, ein solches Gremium sei nicht im Sicherheitsinteresse Deutschlands. Die internationale Zusammenarbeit der Geheimdienste dürfe nicht weiter offen gelegt werden. Empört hat FDP-Chef Guido Westerwelle die Vorwürfe seitens der großen Koalition zurückgewiesen, der von den Liberalen unterstützte Untersuchungsausschuss gefährde die nationale Sicherheit. "Die argumentieren wie Franz Josef Strauß bei der Spiegel-Affäre: Wer den Rechtsstaat verteidige, der schade Deutschland." Das sei eine Haltung "wie im Absolutismus", so Westerwelle.

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Kontrolle der Ölquellen: Friedensbewegung warnt vor einem Luftkrieg gegen den Iran


In der deutschen Friedensbewegung geht die Furcht vor einem neuen Angriffskrieg um. "Die USA scheinen entschlossen, gegen den Iran einen Luftkrieg zu führen", schreiben die Zusammenschlüsse Kooperation für den Frieden, Netzwerk Friedenskooperative und der Bundesausschuss Friedensratschlag. Diesmal könne es Washington gelingen, die EU vor ihren Kriegskarren zu spannen, wenn sich nicht die Bürgerinnen und Bürger dagegen zur Wehr setzen. "Wir lehnen mit aller Entschiedenheit einen neuen Krieg ab. Selbst wenn Teheran Atomwaffen anstrebte, die wir ebenso ablehnen, könnte der Iran auf absehbare Zeit niemanden mit Atomwaffen bedrohen, ungeachtet aller verbaler Attacken des iranischen Präsidenten Ahmadinedschad, die wir scharf verurteilen", heißt es in einem Aufruf der Friedensbewegung, der auch von den Ärzten für die Verhütung eines Atomkrieges (IPPNW) unterstützt wird. Eine friedliche politische Lösung sei "also durchaus möglich". Die Vereinigten Staaten nutzten die iranischen Atomanlagen nur als Anlass für viel weiter reichende Ziele: Der Iran solle zu einer unbedeutenden Macht zurückgebombt werden, "um Amerikas Vormachtstellung im Mittleren Osten weiter auszubauen". Deshalb sei zu befürchten, "dass außer Atomanlagen auch die Infrastruktur des Landes, wie 1991 im Irak, wichtige Versorgungseinrichtungen wie Ölraffinerien und militärische Ziele bombardiert werden sollen".

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Oil money fuels push for Arctic drilling

Find out how much money your members of Congress receive from the oil industry.

Today we learned that some U.S. Senators are pushing a plan aimed at slipping oil rigs into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge through a back door. The deal would change the federal budget so that it counts on the income generated from drilling in the refuge – despite the fact that Congress has repeatedly voted against sinking oil wells there.

Most Americans don’t want oil rigs in the arctic,1 and the payback wouldn’t even amount to 1/20th of our oil demand.2 So why are some lawmakers so obsessed with letting oil companies into the wildlife refuge?

Here’s one potential answer: Senators on the budget committee have taken a total of $4 million in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. One of the senators pushing hardest for the drilling plan, Pete Domenici (R-NM),3 has collected more than anyone else on the committee.

Our friends at the Separation of Oil & State campaign have made it easy to find out how much oil money your Congressional representatives have taken. Even more importantly, they’ve launched a campaign to put an end to it, by insisting that the people who represent us stop taking this money.

We can fight these bad ideas each time they come up, and we will - but we also need to get at the core of the problem by working to get this oil money out of our government.

Clean energy advocates and activists have noted for decades that the barriers to a clean energy transition are political, not technical. The profits of the oil companies have increased just as the price of gas for all of us has gone up. But what’s good for Exxon, Chevron, and others is not necessarily good for the rest of us. It’s time to ensure that our representatives represent us, not the oil companies.

Find out how much oil money YOUR Representatives take, then sign on to Separation of Oil & State’s campaign to put a stop to it.

Separation of Oil & State is a campaign to get oil money out of politics. It’s important that we demand that our representatives stand up for the future of energy, not for the dinosaurs of the oil industry. Hybrid cars, biodiesel, energy efficiency, and wind power are economically viable technologies today - and yet our politicians continue to use our tax money to subsidize and support Big Oil to the tune of billions of dollars every year. The first step in ending our collective addiction to oil is reducing oil's influence over our politicians and demanding political independence from Big Oil.

In the meantime, we'll track the Arctic drilling plan and be back in touch with opportunities to put a stop to it.


Matt Holland

1 Poll Finds Strong Majority Opposes Drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge; Bipartisan Survey Also Reveals Overwhelming Opposition to Backdoor Budget Maneuvers.

2 " Some facts about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge." Associated Press.

3 " Senate Panel Drops Spending Cuts." Washington Post, March 7, 2006.

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Informant: Martin Greenhut


Your emails had enough impact last week to at least postpone final vote on the so-called "National Uniformity for Food Act". Not a single democrat voted to advance the bill and there were Republican defections. But we must keep the heat on with as many phone calls as we can muster as early today, Wed. March 8, as possible, as the final vote could happen then. Here are the toll-free numbers in the Capitol, just ask for your house member by name.

TOLL FREE NUMBERS: 888-355-3588, 888-818-6641, 800-426-8073

The most outrageous thing about this attempt to cut the legs off state food labeling protections is the fact they have tried to sneak it through without ANY hearings whatsoever. It's just a bought and paid for bill written by industry for industry, and it would turn the corruption of our food into classified information. If you have not done so already, the action page below will send your personal message in real time.


Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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Neue Atomkraftwerke - Nein, danke!

Der Bericht einer von der britischen Regierung eingesetzten Kommission sieht für ein neues Atomprogramm zur Energieerzeugung derzeit keine Rechtfertigung.


Uran für Atomkraftwerke reicht noch maximal 65 Jahre

Greenpeace legt Uran-Report vor

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Helmut Breunig

Regulating Consumers, Aiding Industry

by Laurie Beacham and Amy Widman,

Federal agencies are overturning state laws in order to protect industries from facing injured consumers in court.

'Unitary Executive' Or Autocracy?

by Paul Waldman,

The Bush administration has replaced the rule of law with the rule by one.

Next-up News 8 Mars 2006

A free press, a free pass

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

World War $$$

Unknown News
by Kevin Good


The Bush administration blew the $236,400,000,000 (billion with a 'B') they received at the beginning of the game in their first year, but continued playing, using our US Treasury credit card. (see 'World War $$$ score card graph' at the end). Also in the first nine months on September 10, 2001, twenty four hours before the 9/11 attacks, the Administration announces it can not account for $2,300,000,000,000 (that's trillion with a 'T') or about $8,000 per citizen watching them play this game on their behalf...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Freedom seem to be the target of constant attack

The First Amendment vs. ... "The Simpsons?"

Center For Individual Freedom
by staff


If we were ranking Americans' civil liberties, we'd have to say that the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances) would rate at the top in terms of their importance. Not to diminish the significance of all other liberties outlined in the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments to the Constitution, but those five freedoms are at the core of our free republic. Yet those five freedoms seem to be the targets of constant attack...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

House GOP to try to block ports deal

Detroit Free Press


House Republican leaders on Tuesday embraced legislation that would block a Dubai-owned company from taking over operations at several U.S. ports, brushing aside a veto threat from President Bush. 'We want to make sure that the security of our ports are in America's hands,' said Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., whose House Appropriations Committee planned to approve the measure Wednesday...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Senate eyes ANWR again

Houston Chronicle


The Senate plans to take up a measure again to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, Senate Energy Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M. said today. Less than three months after failing to attach similar language to a Defense Department spending bill, drilling supporters hope to use a budget bill to permit exploration in the nation's largest, untapped oil deposit...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Voting Rights: an Anniversary and a Chance to Renew

Forty-one years ago today, 600 peaceful demonstrators were brutally attacked by local and state police as they attempted to march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery to protest discrimination at the ballot box. This horrific event, which is now remembered as "Bloody Sunday," ignited public sympathy and led to passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.

As Congress prepares to consider reauthorization of this historic law, the ACLU is leading the effort to end ongoing discrimination against minority voters and ensure full participation for all Americans in our democratic process.

Beginning today, our "Every Voice. Every Vote." campaign reaches out to lawmakers and the public with an urgent call to renew the VRA.

In two new and comprehensive reports, we've documented the ACLU's legal challenges to VRA violations since 1982 and demonstrated the continuing need for the law.

And this week we premiere the "Voting Rights" episode of The ACLU Freedom Files on CourtTV and LinkTV.

The episode takes you into communities where people's voting power is diluted through the manipulation of political districts, intimidation at polls and undemocratic laws.

The right to vote is a keystone of our democracy. Although we have come a long way over the past 41 years, without the VRA, more citizens could find themselves deprived of equal access to the ballot box.

Legislation to reauthorize the VRA will be introduced in Congress during the next few weeks and some members of Congress are pushing to water down or eliminate key provisions. If you care about the right to vote, please learn more and get involved today:

1. Read the Reports. To learn about the ongoing struggle to preserve and defend the right to vote, read our reports at:

2. Take Action! Visit to learn more, or send a letter to your members of Congress urging them to renew the VRA. Read more and take action at:

3. Watch the Show: Find out more about the impact of disfranchisement on people's lives in the new Freedom Files episode on CourtTV and LinkTV this week! Watch the trailer and learn how to host your own House Party, join our Producers Club and get a free DVD:

4. Watch Catherine Crier Live on Court TV. This Thursday, March 9, ACLU Legislative Counsel LaShawn Warren will discuss the Voting Rights Act this from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST. Check your local listings for times in your area.

5. Please Tell Your Friends! Share the "Voting Rights" show with friends, family or co-workers and we'll send you a free DVD of the episode:

I hope you'll get involved and help us renew and restore the VRA. It is an essential tool in our democratic system.



Caroline Fredrickson
Washington Legislative Office American Civil Liberties Union


1965 Civil Rights Death Gets New Look

The case of the fatal shooting by a state trooper that helped inspire the march from Selma in 1965 as well as the "Bloody Sunday" protest that preceded it, will be reopened next week by a special grand jury. "There is no question about who did the shooting," said District Attorney Michael Jackson. "The question is whether this was a murder or it was something else." Jackson reopened the case at the request of constituents who felt the full story had never been told.

Four Vermont Towns Vote to Impeach Bush

Informant: dmetke

Five Vermont Towns Endorse Move to Impeach

In Newfane, Vermont, in a white-clapboard town hall circa 1832, voters gathered Tuesday to conduct their community's annual business and to call for the impeachment of President Bush. "In the US presently there are only a few places where citizens can act in this fashion and have a say in our nation," said select board member Dan DeWalt, who drafted the impeachment article that was placed on the warning - or official agenda - for this year's town meeting.

Congress Can Stop the U.S.-India Nuclear Proliferation Agreement

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Subject: Congress Can Stop the U.S.-India Nuclear Proliferation Agreement - FCNL
From: "Kathy Guthrie"
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 16:28:38 -0500 (EST)

When President Bush arrived in New Delhi last week, India had the capacity to produce 6 to 10 nuclear weapons per year. When he departed after reaching a tentative nuclear deal with India, that South East Asian nation will potentially be able to produce nearly 50 nuclear weapons per year.

Before the new U.S.-India nuclear agreement is implemented, however, Congress will have to approve changes to existing legislation that would weaken several nonproliferation laws. This deal would undermine years of work by the U.S. to strengthen the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the international agreement endorsed by 188 nations that bans the export of nuclear technology to countries that don't agree to international inspections of their nuclear programs.

India has refused to sign the NPT and has conducted tests of a nuclear weapon as recently as 1998. Nonetheless, the Bush administration wants to provide India with nuclear technology and fuel. In exchange, India has agreed to international inspections for 14 of its 22 nuclear reactors. This proposal undermines the NPT by tacitly encouraging other countries to make bilateral nuclear agreements with non-NPT members in violation of a basic principle of that agreement.

The proposed U.S.-India agreement could also deteriorate relatively stable relations between India and Pakistan if the latter perceives this agreement to be an aggressive move. What would stop Pakistan from reaching a similar agreement with China? Furthermore, even while the U.S. is criticizing Iran (an NPT member) for developing its nuclear technology, the U.S. is simultaneously creating a double standard by offering India (a non-NPT member) similar nuclear technology. The U.S. loses a lot from this nuclear agreement with India and gains very little.

*Congress Can Block This Deal* The verbal nuclear cooperation agreement that President Bush negotiated with Indian Prime Minister Singh last week is far from a done deal. Congress will soon begin debating legislation to implement the U.S.-India nuclear agreement.

Please let your representative know that you care about reducing the nuclear danger and that you oppose the U.S.-India nuclear deal. To see reasons and talking points visit

Rep. Ed Markey (MA), a leading critic of the deal, recently quipped, "You can't preach temperance from a barstool." If you have not done so, please encourage your representative to cosponsor

H.Con.Res. 318
( ), a bipartisan resolution expressing concern about the proposed nuclear plan. See an updated list of cosponsors:

Some congressional offices have not heard from their constituents on this issue, so many may think that the public does not care about or understand this issue. Your emails and calls to your representative are key, especially if he or she is on the House International Relations Committee. Find out if your representative is on this committee at

Read FCNL's Legislative Action Message on the U.S.-India nuclear deal from two weeks ago: For updated information about the U.S.-India nuclear deal, please visit:

The Next Step for Iraq: Join FCNL's Iraq Campaign,

Contact Congress and the Administration:

Friends Committee on National Legislation
245 Second St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-5795 * phone: (202)547-6000 * toll-free: (800)630-1330

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war. We seek a society with equity and justice for all. We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled. We seek an earth restored.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
Rumi Let everything you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 'Love is the measure.'
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Informant: Martin Greenhut

Government: Neither By the People Nor For the People

San Francisco City Council Joins Impeachment Movement

In a message dated 3/7/06 5:57:35 PM, poetcrab writes:

<< San Francisco City Council Joins Impeachment Movement

Help Place Impeachment Ad in the San Francisco Chronicle

While we were working in the last week to raise sufficient funds to place the full page newspaper ad in the San Francisco Chronicle before March 18, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (the city council) voted by a 7-3 margin to support the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The resolution calls on the Democratic delegation from the city to move for impeachment. The timing of the ad couldn't be better. Similar resolutions are being offered in city councils around the country. The people must use all avenues to pursue this growing nationwide grassroots movement.

We need to urgently raise $15,000 to finish paying for the next full page newspaper ad. Click here to make a donation today. Each time the ad appears, the impeachment message reaches hundreds of thousands of new people. Many become active volunteers and supporters, and in turn help reach other people in their community, neighborhood and work place. Click here to help to help pay for the upcoming ad in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The impeachment campaign is in full swing

Just last week tens of thousands of people participated in the People’s Impeachment Lobby by sending letters to their Congressional Representatives.

Last Thursday, New York City’s historic Town Hall Theatre in Times Square filled up with people supporting impeachment. The event was sponsored by Harper’s magazine. Many of those in attendance took the petitions home with them promising to collect signatures in the coming weeks.

Radio personality Garrison Keillor has just released an article entitled "Impeach Bush." and actor Richard Dreyfuss called for impeachment, while speaking before the National Press Club in Washington.

28 members of US Congress have now signed on to H Res 635, including US Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the original co-sponsor. The current 28 total co-sponsors are Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), Rep. John Olver (D-MA), Rep. Major Owens (D-NY), Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Martin Sabo (D-MN), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA), Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

Everyone who has been active with as a volunteer, activist or donor should be proud. When this movement started, we were confronted by the naysayers who said it couldn’t be done. Bush was tall in the saddle back then. The people who have made this movement come alive didn’t persevere because the issue was “popular.” People have sacrificed to make this movement happen because it is critically important. There was too much at stake to remain passive.

We receive letters from people all over the country and they breathe of confidence and conviction. Elderly people and those on fixed income send messages and moving stories, sometimes with a donation of a single dollar bill. A one dollar or five dollar donation from someone on a fixed income can be as great a sacrifice as a larger donation from someone who makes a decent salary or has savings. This a true people’s movement and it can only succeed by everyone showing their support. Click here to help the movement grow.

-All of us at ImpeachBush/

Please see below for the SF Chronicle story on the Impeachment resolution.

Published on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Supervisors Ask Lawmakers to Impeach Bush

by Edward Epstein, Charlie Goodyear

San Francisco's supervisors jumped into national politics Tuesday, passing a resolution asking the city's Democratic congressional delegation to seek the impeachment of President Bush for failing to perform his duties by leading the country into war in Iraq, eroding civil liberties and engaging in other activities the board sees as transgressions.

The supervisors, in voting 7-3 for the resolution, made it likely that San Francisco again will become grist for radio and TV talk shows. The city has appeared in the national media spotlight recently for voters' passage in November of a nonbinding measure banning military recruiters from public high schools and for Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval's recent comment on a Fox News show that the United States doesn't need a military.

Supervisor Chris Daly, one of the most progressive members of the board, sponsored the resolution, which also calls for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. Daly said the measure is justified in light of the administration's case for and handling of the war in Iraq, the federal government's inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina and recent revelations about a domestic wiretapping program."I think the case is clear, and I think it's appropriate for us to weigh in," Daly said. >>

Informant: Hopedance

Peak Oil's Threat to Public Health

Excerpts from a presentation at the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association.

By Dan Bednarz, PhD Philadelphia,
December 14, 2005

Informant: Friends

New Ad Campaign Blasts Religious Right Leaders for Ties to Abramoff, Casinos

Protect Nature Around the Globe



Date: Sunday, March 5, 2006
Subject: fwd: Action Deadline March 16, 2006

Hi Everyone,

this is from my friend Mari and really needs some attention. Please note that the petition on the WWF site can be signed only by US citizens (I know because I tried) but forward as much as possible. Thanks. Love and hugs,


(Please Forward) Over 14 Million animals we be left dead or homeless in the USA

Help Save 625 Acres of California Redwood Forest Over 14 Million Trees!

Lompico Headwaters Matching Fund

Roadless Areas - Oregon

ACTION DEADLINE: March 16, 2006

President Bush has proposed huge cuts in key programs that protect animals and habitat across the globe, including tropical forests. Now is the time to tell your members of Congress how important these initiatives are to you, before the March 16 deadline for members of Congress to push for these programs.

The president wants Congress to slash funding for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a little known but extremely important international institution that supports conservation projects around the world. The GEF has helped prevent conflicts over scarce water resources in the Nile basin, expand the use of renewable energy in Mexico, and eliminate dangerous pesticides in Africa. The United States has repeatedly underpaid what it has pledged to the GEF. Now, the president wants to make even deeper cuts.

In addition, the president wants to reduce by more than half the funding for implementation of the Tropical Forest Conservation Act. On the positive side, the president has requested level funding for international biodiversity conservation programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

»» TAKE ACTION: Learn more and urge your members of Congress to support strong funding to protect nature around the globe.

Please speak out now. Thank you for your help.

Informant: Abid

Fury over council’s ‘sneaked in’ mast


OUTRAGED residents have been left seething amid claims they were not told about plans to build a 100ft mobile phone mast near their homes.

A giant mobile phone mast for Orange is being built on the boundary of Guilden Sutton and Littleton but Tarvin Road residents say Chester City Council failed to consult them about it.

Edward Courage, 50, of Tarvin Road, said: “Planning permission for a mast has been applied for a number of times in the past but the applications have been unsuccessful and have been rejected but this time it has been allowed to go through.”

He is furious because he believes the city council sneaked the consultation through last September without properly consulting the people along Tarvin Road.

He said: “The Guilden Sutton ward had a site meeting but omitted to ask us to it. The first we’ve heard about it is the idea we have to go to the High Court to make our views known.

“The city council has told us it’s our only recourse, that and the ombudsman.

“Unfortunately none of us know how to go about doing either of these things.

“I think all 50 people living along here have signed a letter to the council asking for the mast to be shrouded or moved.

“The only shrouding the mast has had is that it has been painted green.

“The reason we’re so annoyed is the only joy we have is the view to the north. We feel completely let down.”

Like many other residents along the road he feels the height of the mast is excessive.

Mr Courage said: “There must be at least 100 masts in Chester, there’s no need to build the mast so high.”


Another Tarvin Road resident said: “Everyone along the road is affected by it and you can see it from the road.

“We want to get as many facts together about this as possible to make sure what we’re saying is right. Then we will be in a better position to act.”

Brian Hughes, development co-ordination manager, said: “I’m going out to a meeting with the residents on Thursday.

“But the planning board generally only notify people within a certain radius and the Tarvin road properties are not in the 200 metre radius of the transmitter.”

He also disputes the fact the council has acted unfairly in the way they have gone about accepting the mast.

He said: “No-one has a right to look over someone else’s land for a view. They’re not in a position to protect their view and people’s views are not something we can take into account in considering a planning application. I understand their point but you can’t do anything about it.”

The city council is already reviewing the process by which the permission was granted, which is standard practice when complaints are made after a planning board approval but Mr Hughes was confident the review would not find any fault in council procedures.

He said: “We realise this needs to be done as soon as possible so the residents know where they stand.

“They want a firm position from us so they know whether we feel we have made a mistake or not then they’re able to take the next step.

“I’m not sure I want to go into speculating about the possible outcomes.

“The ombudsman can’t change the decision but he can require the council to pay compensation if he feels their homes have been unduly affected by a planning decision. The other course of action is to take things to judicial review.”

Vogelgrippe: gebührenfinanzierte Panikmache,1518,404901,00.html

(SPON) "Ausnahmezustand " hieß die gestrige Folge der ARD-Krankenhausserie "In aller Freundschaft ". Ein kleiner Junge erkrankt darin am Vogelgrippe-Virus. Das Drehbuch des Quotenrenners war kaum mehr als eine Ansammlung von Fehlinformationen, die bei vielen Zuschauern für Irritation sorgte.

Auch die ARD ist anscheinend bemüht, den Pentagonchef Rumsfeld bei seiner Alterssicherung zu unterstützen: dieser hält ein nicht unerhebliches Aktienpaket bei der kalifornischen Firma "Gilead Services", die als Lizenzgeberin u.a. an den Pharmakonzern Roche für Tami Flu ein naheliegendes Interesse an der Entwicklung der Umsätze hat. Wir können gespannt sein, welche Qualität die Desinformationen durch den öffentlichen Rundfunk in dieser Sache noch annehmen werden und welche weiteren Manöver uns noch erwarten.

Link zum Beitrag / Hintergrundinfo oder Pressehinweis: und

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H5N1 in Afrika: Die Vogelgrippe-Panikmache kann weitergehen

(ht) Was kritische Beobachter schon vorausgesehen haben, ist nun eingetroffen: Angebliche Vogelgrippe-Ausbrüche in Afrika. Da von dort im Frühjahr die Zugvögel zurückkommen, dürfen wir mit einer Fortsetzung der Angstmacherei bei uns rechnen.

Hier nachlesen:
Neue Züricher Zeitung, 10. Febr. 2006 Ärzte Zeitung, 10. Febr. 2006

Aus: impf-report Newsletter Nr. 07/2006

Operation Hollywood

"You must glorify war in order to get the public to accept the fact that your going to send their sons and daughters to die." The inside story of the cozy relationship between big box office American war movies and the Pentagon.

Whatever Happened to Courage?

By Charles Sullivan

Why do we tolerate the kind of government we now have? Why do we allow it to rape and plunder the earth that provides the sweet gift of life, and divvy up the profits among the rich? Why do we sit by quietly and allow the invasion and occupation of sovereign nations by the armed forces? Why do we allow our government to fleece the poor by providing eternal welfare to the rich? Why do we allow this government to represent the interest of the wealthy by neglecting the needs of the many?

The Dilemma Of The Last Sovereign

By Zbigniew Brezezinski

America needs to face squarely a centrally important new global reality: that the world’s population is experiencing a political awakening unprecedented in scope and intensity, with the result that the politics of populism are transforming the politics of power.


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